Lady Bobcats get swept by Concord in season-ending softball doubleheader

Hannah Hudson of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats pitched both ends of a Mountain East Conference doubleheader Sunday against Concord at Culpepper Field.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats’ late surge for the Mountain East Conference Softball Tournament came up short on Sunday after they dropped a home conference doubleheader to Concord.

Wesleyan had won four straight games to put themselves in a spot for the final tournament seed in the MEC South Division, but dropped a 5-2 decision in game one and a 6-4 setback in the second outing.

The pair of losses ended the season for head coach Steve Warner’s squad with a 20-24 record overall and a 13-17 conference mark.

The Mountain East Conference tournament will begin this Friday in Salem (Va.) for the first time ever without the Lady Bobcats participating in it.

In game one, Wesleyan took the early lead as Brook Clarke hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first.

Kaitlyn Stewart hit a one-run single in the top of the second and then blasted a solo home run in the top of the fourth for a 2-1 lead.

Concord made it 3-1 in the top of the fifth with an unearned run.

Wesleyan made it a 3-2 contest in the bottom of the fifth on a King one-run single that scored Kennedy Cowart.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer as Concord pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh for the 5-2 win.

Wesleyan had six hits with Cowart, Clark, King, Destiny Alvarado, Miranda Frye and Ciana Bowen each getting one.

Hannah Hudson (12-11) absorbed the loss in a complete-game effort.

She gave up four earned runs on 11 hits while striking out five.

Game two saw Lauryn King treat Wesleyan to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a solo home run.

Megan Magsamen blasted a two-run home run that scored Miranda Frye in the bottom of the second to extend the Wesleyan advantage to 3-0.

Wesleyan made it a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the fourth when Paije Bragg singled home Frye.

The Lady ‘Cats couldn’t make the lead stand up as Concord pushed across five runs in the top of the fifth for a 5-4 lead and tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth for the 6-4 win.

Wesleyan outhit Concord by a 10-9 margin.

Cowart, King and Miranda Frye each had two hits for Wesleyan.

Hudson (12-12) suffered the loss for Wesleyan going 4 1/3 innings.

She gave up three earned runs on eight hits while striking out two.

Kelley Bourne tossed the final 2 2/3 innings allowing one earned run on one hit.

Concord ended their regular season with a 34-17 record and a 22-10 ledger in the MEC.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

Concord                            010 110 2 – 5

West Virginia Wesleyan 100 010 0 – 2

E – Schoolcraft, Bourne. DP – West Virginia Wesleyan 1. LoB – Concord 6, West Virginia Wesleyan 3. 2B – Thompson. HR – Stewart, Clark. Sac. – Thompson, Beatty, Bragg.

Hitting

Concord – Laura Thompson cf, 4 1 1 0; Sarah Thompson 1b, 3 1 1 1; Jenna Witt 3b, 4 0 2 0; Kylie Kent ss, 4 1 2 1; Abby Beatty dp, 3 0 1 0; Skylar Jenkins dp, 3 0 1 0; Darby Fitzpatrick rf, 1 0 0 0; Kaitlyn Stewart c, 2 1 2 2; Amber Stokes 2b, 3 0 0 0; Dani Bloomingdale lf, 3 1 2 0; Cartney Schoolcraft p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 29 5 11 4.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kennedy Cowart ss, 3 0 1 0; Brooke Clark rf, 3 1 1 1; Lauryn King lf, 2 0 1 1; Kelley Bourne 3b, 3 0 0 0; Destiny Alvarado 2b, 3 0 1 0; Miranda Frye 1b, 2 0 1 0; Megan Magsamen cf, 3 0 0 0; Ciana Bowen dp-ph 3 0 1 0; McKinley Gaudet pr, 0 0 0 0; Paige Bragg c, 2 1 0 0; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 2 6 2.

Pitching

Concord – Schoolcraft (W, 15-5): 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (L, 12-11): 7 innings, 11 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts.

(Game 2)

Concord                         000 051 0 – 6

West Virginia Wesleyan 120 100 0 – 4

E – Alvarado. DP – None. LoB – Concord 7,West Virginia Wesleyan 6. 2B – Clark. 3B – Thompson. HR – King, Magsamen. Sac. – Fitzpatrick. SB – Stewart.

Hitting

Concord – Laura Thompson cf, 3 2 2 1; Sarah Thompson 1b, 3 0 0 0; Jenna Witt 3b, 3 1 2 1; Kylie Kent ss, 3 1 2 0; Lauren Blunt c, 1 0 0 0; Kaitlyn Stewart c, 3 1 1 0; Abby Beatty dp, 4 0 1 2; Darby  Fitzpatrick rf, 3 0 0 0; Amber Stokes 2b, 3 0 0 0; Dani Bloomingdale lf, 3 1 1 0; Tara Williams p, 0 0 0 0; Cartney Schoolcraft p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 29 6 9 4.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kennedy Cowart 3b-ss, 4 0 2 0; Brooke Clark rf, 4 0 1 0; Lauryn King lf, 3 1 2 1; Kelley Bourne lf, 3 1 2 1; Destiny Alvarado 2b-3b, 4 0 0 0; Miranda Frye 1b, 2 2 2 0; Megan Magsamen cf, 3 1 1 2; Ciana Bowen dp, 3 0 1 0; Paije Bragg c, 3 0 1 1; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0; McKinley Gaudet 2b, 0 0 0 0. Totals 30 4 10 4.

Pitching

Concord – Williams: 1 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout; Schoolcraft: (W, 16-5): 5 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (L, 12-12): 4 1/3 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts; Bourne: 2 2/3 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts.


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